Wednesday , 12 December 2018
WordPress Custom Post Types

WordPress Custom Post Types – WordPress Plugin Tutorial

One of the amazing features that comes with WordPress is the ability to create WordPress custom post types. What are  WordPress custom post types? A post type is a type of content. For example, a post is a post type. More information about post types can be found here. There will be times where you may want a custom post …

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WordPress Cron Jobs

WordPress Cron Jobs – WordPress Plugin Tutorial

There will be times where you’ll want to continually perform certain tasks automatically. This can be anything from checking up on the server or sending out e-mails. Having these tasks run behind the scenes without anyone doing anything is known as cron jobs. Usually cron jobs are set up by the user on their web server, but now WordPress actually …

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WordPress Transients API

WordPress Transients API – WordPress Plugin Tutorial

Today, we’ll be discussing how to use the WordPress transients API. Most bloggers don’t use WordPress out of the box. They’re usually using plugins ranging from completely custom to ones they found in the WordPress plugin directory. If you’re a blogger, you’re usually adding fresh new content daily. With that being said, you as the developer, must find a way to …

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WordPress Meta Boxes

WordPress Meta Boxes – WordPress Plugin Tutorial

WordPress meta boxes are used to display certain information or options in a page. It’s when you have something to display and  don’t want it to  have a page of its own, but would like it to be a part of a page. An example of a  meta boxes is  the ones you see on the WordPress admin dashboard. Let’s …

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WordPress Widgets API

Widgets API – WordPress Plugin Tutorial

The widgets API is what we’ll be learning next. It’s very simple to use. It does involve having basic knowledge of PHP OOP. If you don’t know how to create classes, then I recommend you learn the fundamentals of OOP and then come back here. Getting Started Create a new plugin called wpWidgetEx. In our index.php file, lets use this …

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WordPress Settings API

WordPress Settings API Part 3 – WordPress Plugin Tutorial

In our last tutorial, we created a functional WordPress plugin using the WordPress settings API. A cool feature that WordPress allows us to do is do some validating of our own. You may have an input field where you’ll only accept non numeric characters. You may want to strip out a certain word. WordPress does some validating, but you may …

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WordPress Settings API

WordPress Settings API Part 2 – WordPress Plugin Tutorial

In our previous tutorial, I explained what the settings API is and how useful it is. I also  gave some code to help us get started. In this part, we’ll be discussing how to use the WordPress Settings API with the same plugin we crated in our last tutorial. We’ll mainly be working in our display-admin.inc.php file for this tutorial. …

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WordPress Settings API

WordPress Settings API Part 1 – WordPress Plugin Tutorial

WordPress offers many APIs for us to use. In our previous tutorials, we talked about how to create forms in the WordPress admin with HTML. While it was relatively simple, it’s time consuming to set up our form, validate the info, update and set values. Luckily, WordPress introduced the WordPress settings API in version 2.7. Why use the WordPress Settings …

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WordPress Admin Forms

WordPress Admin Forms – WordPress Plugin Tutorial

This will be our most complex plugin yet. We’ll be doing a couple of things we’ve done before and so some things will be skipped. In this tutorial, we’ll learn how to create WordPress admin forms. This will allow users to change the data for your options. Before, we’ve been updating the information in the code. This isn’t user friendly. …

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Uninstalling a Plugin

Uninstalling A Plugin – WordPress Plugin Tutorial

We’ve created a lot of plugins so far. Some are harmless and others take up space in our WordPress installation. Today, we’ll learn about uninstalling a plugin. We’ll be working with the same plugin we created in the last tutorial. By creating an option, we’ve also created a column in the database. If a user uninstalls your plugin, then that …

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WordPress Options API

WordPress Options API – Part 2 – WordPress Plugin Tutorial

This is part 2 of our WordPress Options API tutorial. We’ll be discussing how to make our plugin more efficient using arrays in a single option setting instead of creating multiple options for 1 plugin. We’ll be using the same code we used in our last tutorial. Let’s update our file to this. [crayon-5c115e8878bbd663536850/]  WordPress Options API A couple of …

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WordPress Options API

WordPress Options API – Part 1 – WordPress Plugin Tutorial

We learned how to create menus. Now, we’ll learn how to use the WordPress options API to allow us to store user settings for our plugin. The options API is a great way to store settings for your plugin. Your users won’t have to define every single option every time they have to use your plugin. They could also customize …

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WordPress Admin Submenus

WordPress Admin Submenus – WordPress Plugin Tutorial

In our last lesson, we discussed how to create top-level menus. We’ll now learn how to create WordPress admin submenus. We’ll be working with the same plugin we created in our previous lesson. Let’s update our menus.inc.php file to this. [crayon-5c115e8879726658869237/] WordPress Admin Submenus As you can see we used the add_submenu_page() function to add a submenu. It takes in …

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WordPress Admin Menus

WordPress Admin Menus – WordPress Plugin Tutorial

So far, our plugins have been very simple. To extend the functionality of our WordPress plugins, it’s best to have a set of options for a user to configure in their admin panel. Before we can get there, we first need to add a way to get there. We can easily do this by creating WordPress admin menus for our …

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Enclosing Shortcodes

Enclosing Shortcodes – WordPress Plugin Tutorial

In our previous tutorial, we learned about attributes. Our last shortcode took in 2 attributes, which were the link and the text, but it isn’t exactly the best idea to use the text attribute because what if the user is submitted paragraphs of text? Or even worse, what if they’re using quotes their message? Our solution, enclosing shortcodes. WordPress allows …

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